Food Wire: Xi’an Famous Foods, Pulino’s, Hotel on Rivington

Xi'an Famous Foods. Photo credit: Village Voice.

In Lower East Side food news:

  • Xi’an Famous Foods is about to open a second location next to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory on Bayard Street.
  • Eater reports the Hotel on Rivington has “inked a deal with corporate food provider Chef and Company… the new partnership, (hopes) to piggyback off the success of Beauty and Essex, (by) converting Matt Levine’s former Levant East area into a restaurant focused on small plates and sharing.”  CV, the hotel’s small nightlife venue, “will turn into a tequila bar, including a taco stand.”

Nom Wah Tea Parlor: Waiting on a Liquor License

He waited… and waited… and waited. Finally at 2:30 a.m. – eight hours after arriving at Community Board 3’s liquor licensing hearing last week – Wilson Tang won the committee’s approval for a beer and wine license.  Last Friday, I stopped by the historic Nom Wah Tea Parlor (est. 1920) to check in with Tang, who recently reopened the restaurant after completing a major restoration of the Chinatown institution.

Was the wait worth it? Wilson says “yes,” although it will probably be a couple of months before the State Liquor Authority signs off on his application.  Nom Wah is not following in the footsteps of its naughty neighbor, Apotheke.   Some customers have simply been requesting a beer or a glass of wine with their dim sum — and Tang wanted to accommodate them.

On Friday, the “New York Times Effect” was readily apparent. Following last week’s “$25 and Under” column, every table was filled throughout the lunch hour.  The clientele was mixed: some Chinatown regulars, some tourists, a few uptown visitors.

Festival of Ideas Seeks Feedback on Downtown Issues

The Festival of Ideas is fast approaching. Among the many downtown organizations taking part in the unprecedented event is the NYU School of Public Service, which is facilitating an interactive conversation about issues important to Lower Manhattan’s many diverse communities.

Lower East Side Lens: April 13, 2011

Photos by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis.


















Another photo from  A. Jesse Jiryu Davis — an impromptu portrait made on the streets of the Lower East Side April 13, 2011.


Gallery Bar Owner Speaks Out on Underage Drinking Crackdown

Gallery Bar, 120 Orchard Street.

More this morning on the 7th Precinct’s crackdown on Lower East Side bars and clubs. At a community meeting last week, Captain David Miller said underage drinking is a problem in several neighborhood nightlife venues. 

9th Precinct Rape Trial, Bar Moratorium Debate, Lady Gaga Lookalikes

  • Attorneys representing 9th Precinct officers accused of rape try to poke  holes in their accuser’s account (NYT).
  • Williamsburg’s community board considers a bar moratorium similar to one that CB3 had in place a few years ago (Capital).
  • Bill seeks to crack down on “digital impersonation.” Does “Fake Shelly Silver” have reason to worry? (Times Union)
  • Lady Gaga lookalike contest coming to the LES (DNA Info).

Good Morning!

A Callery Pear tree in full bloom at Delancey and Clinton streets, bordering Seward Park redevelopment site #6. Photo by Linda Jones.

Cloudy skies this morning, with more rain expected this afternoon, beginning around 1 p.m. Expected high: 54 degrees.